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Seminoles Return to Practice Wednesday

By: FSU Sports Information (article), WCTV (Video) Email
By: FSU Sports Information (article), WCTV (Video) Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State returned to the FSU intramural fields on Wednesday following a day off after Monday’s second scrimmage of the spring, but head coach Jimbo Fisher was disappointed in the Seminoles’ effort.

“(We were) very sluggish…very immature,” Fisher said. “Guys didn’t come ready to work. Not everybody, but enough guys to make a difference. There’s no sense in wasting time doing that. We called it short by about 10-15 minutes. You’ve got to come ready to play.”

The Seminoles were without running backs Mario Pender and James Wilder, Jr. as well as tight end Nick O’Leary and defensive tackles Timmy Jernigan and Eddie Goldman.

Fisher said injuries will slightly change the selection of teams for the annual Garnet and Gold football game. Instead of the usual player draft, the first team offense and second team defense will be paired together, while the first team defense and second team offense will be together to form either the Garnet or Gold teams.

Fisher hasn’t decided on a rotation for the four quarterbacks (Clint Trickett, Jacob Coker, Jameis Winston and Sean Maguire), but said all will see action on Saturday.

Florida State also released statistics from Monday’s second scrimmage.

Trickett led all quarterbacks by completing 17 of 28 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns, while Wilder led all rushers with 69 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown. Receivers Kelvin Benjamin (131 yards), Christian Greene (130) and Kenny Shaw (115) all racked up over 100 receiving yards. Defensively, Lamarcus Joyner had a team-high nine tackles, while Karlos Williams and P.J. Williams each made eight stops.

FSU returns to the practice field Thursday at 3:30 p.m. All practices are closed to the public. The annual Garnet and Gold Spring football game is slated for 2 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday. The game will be carried on ESPN3.

Seminoles send four to nfl draft

Florida State will have four players among the 23 top prospects in attendance at the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the NFL announced on Wednesday.

The Seminoles will be represented by QB EJ Manuel, DE Bjoern Werner, T Menelik Watson and CB Xavier Rhodes, matching Alabama for the most players invited to the event.

The draft kicks off with Round 1 on Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m. ET. Rounds 2-3 are on Friday, April 26, starting at 6:30 p.m. and Rounds 4-7 are on Saturday, April 27 at Noon.

MONDAY’S SCRIMMAGE STATS
Passing

Clint Trickett: 17-28, 195 yards, 2 TD

Jameis Winston: 8-15, 129 yards, 1 INT; 2 rush, 16 yards, rush TD

Jacob Coker: 10-17, 162 yards, 1 INT

Sean Maguire: 8-15, 102 yards, TD

Rushing

James Wilder Jr.: 13 carries, 69 yards TD; 1 catch, 40 yards
Chad Abram: 5 carries, 24 yards, TD; 3 catches, 31 yards
Mario Pender: 6 carries, 20 yards

Receiving
Kelvin Benjamin: 6 catches, 131 yards

Christian Green: 7 catches, 130 yards

Kenny Shaw: 11 catches, 115 yards, TD
Willie Haulstead: 5 catches, 51 yards
Rashad Greene: 2 catches, 63 yards

Defense
Mario Edwards Jr.: 6 tackles, 1 TFL
Nile Lawrence-Stample: 6 tackles
Lamarcus Joyner: 9 tackles
P.J. Williams: 8 tackles, TFL
Karlos Williams: 8 tackles, TFL
Colin Blake: 6 tackles
Eddie Goldman: 4 tackles, 3 TFL
Giorgio Newberry: 3 tackles, 2 TFL

More from fisher following Wednesday’s practice

On his message after Monday’s scrimmage:

“Turn it up from the first play to the last. Play the whole time. You can’t pick and choose. What were we – a handful of plays from winning every game last year – five, six plays? How do you know what five or six plays those are? You practice right and create that habit. Everybody says, ‘well I’ll turn it on in the game.’ If you don’t turn it on in practice every day, how do you know what you are turning on in the game? You don’t. It’s like playing banged up, bruised and hurt. It you don’t practice hard with it, how do you know you can play with it? You ever hear Michael Jordan’s comments and read about him about his practice habits? He knew what he could do in a game because that’s the way he practiced. That’s why he was so much better than everybody else. You have to get a mentality like that.”

On Kelvin Benjamin’s development this spring:

“This scrimmage here was much better. The first scrimmage was okay, but he did it against lesser competition – some of the 3’s and 2’s. The last few days and last week, he has really come on. Those (scrimmage) numbers were legit. He continues to grow.”

On the other wide receivers:

“Greg Dent has played tremendous. He’s probably the most consistent of all of them by far. (Rashad Greene) has done a nice job. Benjamin is coming on. Kenny Shaw had a nice scrimmage the other day. Kenny is a great route runner. Christian Greene had some catches and got some yards – did some nice things. Willie Haulstead had some nice catches too.”

THOMAS RHETT To Kickoff Spring Football Weekend

Florida State Seminole fans that have hoped for a spring football game and a FSU baseball game on the same weekend are getting their wish and much more beginning Friday. The Seminoles annual spring football game will be surrounded by more activities than at any time in the history of the game.

On top of the football scrimmage and a game featuring the seventh-ranked Seminole baseball team on Saturday, fans will be offered numerous free events and other entertainment options all weekend in an effort to provide the Seminole faithful with an experience that goes beyond just the games on the field.

“The spring game is a great time for our fans to get the experience of a full football weekend in the fall,” said FSU Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing Jason Dennard. “We are excited to be able to coordinate so many events and options for our fans including the Friday Night Block Party. To have an event featuring three stages of live music headlined by Thomas Rhett is a way to treat our fans to top-level, free entertainment.”

Friday’s slate of events includes the lighting of the Spear on the Unconquered Statue, a 6:00 baseball game versus Duke and the widely popular Friday Night Block Party. Rhett was announced as the headline act for the "Friday Night Block Party" in Kleman Plaza to kick-off the SunTrust Spring Football Weekend presented by Kia Autosport. The concert event will serve as the official kickoff to what ESPN has tabbed as the "Best Spring Weekend in College Football”.

On Saturday FSU athletes take center stage with the Seminole Invitational track meet beginning in the morning, the spring football game kicking off at 2:00 p.m. and then the FSU baseball team taking on Duke at 6:00 p.m. The FSU Flying High Circus will also be performing that evening at 8:00 p.m.

“We are creating experiences for visitors to our city and campus,” said Dennard. “Our hope is to make Tallahassee a destination fans want to visit again this fall’.

For more information on the entire list of events with times, parking maps and links to ticketed events, please visit the official athletic site for Florida State at Seminoles.com.


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